Communications Manager

Company Name: 

High Desert Museum


59800 S. HWY 97
Bend, OR 97702
Bend, OR 97702

Contact Name: 

Kristen Campbell




Job Description: 

Title: Communications Manager

Division: Communications

Classification: Salaried, regular full-time exempt

Supported by: Director of Communications & Visitor Experience

Supports: Associated volunteers                

Salary Range: $52,000-$56,000 DOE                      

About us

The HIGH DESERT MUSEUM celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2022. Through history, cultures, art and science, the Museum has for more than four decades shared the wonder of the vast, multistate High Desert region. We do so with indoor and outdoor exhibitions, wildlife in natural habitats, dynamic history and engaging programs on a beautiful, 135-acre campus in the Ponderosa pine forest. The Museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is a Smithsonian Affiliate, was the 2019 recipient of the Western Museums Association’s Charles Redd Award for Exhibition Excellence and was awarded the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Services. In 2022, 187,000 visitors enjoyed the Museum.

The Museum is in Bend, Oregon, a fast-growing, charismatic city nestled against the Cascade Range at the western edge of the High Desert. We strive to be inclusive, culturally humble, relevant, curious and mindful. As a team, we work together to, as our founder Don Kerr put it, “wildly excite and responsibly teach,” creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.

This job and what you’ll do

The High Desert Museum makes for an amazing workplace, where you’ll be filming otters one moment and meeting artists the next. The Communications Manager’s role at its core is that of lead storyteller—to connect with smart, engaging people doing meaningful work here at the Museum, tease out these stories and then raise awareness about them—the exhibitions and programs, fundraising efforts and behind-the-scenes initiatives—among key target audiences through appropriate mediums.

The Communications Manager leads the content and management of the Museum’s digital communications, bringing storytelling efforts to the fore through social media, blog, eblasts, website and other mediums. These efforts require a person who has a way with words and also enjoys using cameras and iPhones to capture imagery and video along the way. This is a full-time, salaried position and will require occasional attendance at evening and weekend events.

Who you are

You are above all passionate about the Museum’s mission. You’re comfortable in a fast-paced culture and appreciate the diversity of duties—it means you’re always learning! You like to try new things and will regularly bring ideas to the table. But you’re also detail-oriented with a commitment to accuracy and timeliness. With such a public-facing role, you understand the responsibility of being the Museum’s digital voice and use sound judgement throughout your work. While you can work independently, you also appreciate collaborating with others. And you do it all with a can-do attitude and a sense of humor!

Want to learn more?

For a detailed job description listing the essential functions of this position and the education, experience, and skills requirements, click here.

Importantly, we recognize and honor that the qualifications required to excel in this position can come from a range of both professional and lived experiences. In the job description we describe what we believe to be important qualifications for a candidate to have while remaining open to the diversity of experiences that can lead to these skill sets. Position descriptions are often presented in a way that leaves qualified candidates feeling unwelcome, intimidated, uncomfortable and/or unqualified to apply. Recognizing that, we strongly encourage anyone who feels passionate about this work and believes they have what it takes to thrive in this role to apply.

Want to apply?

Please send a resume, cover letter and 3-5 samples of your work—whether online or print, article or social media post—to:

The Museum provides an equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/transgender status, age, disability, veteran or marital status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


The High Desert Museum wildly excites and responsibly teaches through innovative, interdisciplinary experiences, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.